Matthew Perry, who rose to prominence in the 1990s as the star of the successful US television sitcom ‘Friends,’ died at 54. According to Reuters, citing the Los Angeles Times, the actor was discovered dead in a hot tub at his residence in the Los Angeles region. According to law enforcement officials, first responders discovered Perry lifeless in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home and were unable to resuscitate him.
According to The Los Angeles Times and TMZ, there were no indicators of ‘foul play,’ citing unidentified sources.
Perry starred as Chandler Bing in the 1990s sitcom series, which aired for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004, with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow.
Perry was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2002 for his role in the sitcom.
The series was one of television’s biggest hits and continues to be popular. Aside from Friends, Matthew Perry has starred in a number of television shows, including ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’ in 2006, ‘Go On’ in 2012, and ‘The Odd Couple’ in 2015. The American-Canadian actor also received two Emmy nods for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Joe Quincy in ‘The West Wing’ in 2003 and 2004. In addition to television, he acted in films such as “Fools Rush In” and “The Whole Nine Yards.”
Perry, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on August 19, 1969, wrote his memoir ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir’ in 2022. He discussed his battle with addictions in his memoir. “‘Friends’ was huge,” he wrote. I couldn’t risk jeopardizing that. The script was fantastic. I adored my co-stars. The scripts were fantastic. I enjoyed everything about the program, but I was dealing with drug issues, which just contributed to my sense of humiliation.” “I had a secret and no one could know.”
“I felt like I was going to die if the live audience didn’t laugh, and that’s not good.” But sometimes I’d recite a line and the audience wouldn’t laugh, and I’d sweat and occasionally convulse,” Perry wrote. “I’d freak out if I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get.” That was how I felt every night. This stress put me in a foul mood. I also knew that only one of the six persons working on the show was sick.”
In his biography, he also mentioned how Jennifer Aniston, who portrayed Rachel Green, confronted him about being drunk while filming the series. “I know you’re drinking,” she had said to him once. “We can smell it,” she’d remarked, in a “kind of weird but loving way, and both of us’ hit me like a sledgehammer.”